NARCOTICS – Many bales of cocaine have been stranded for several weeks on the beaches of the Atlantic coast. The gendarmes and customs officers are trying to find out where the goods came from, probably arrived by sea. According to the parquet de Rennes, 763 kg have so far been recovered.
This Sunday, South West claimed that "more than 30 kilos of cocaine were found by customs officers in the Bayonne-Tarnos-Capbreton-Seignosse sector (…) 73 kilos were found in the sector Biscarrosse-Cap Ferret, 5 kilos were found in Biarritz , 6 kilos at the Tremblade in Charente-Maritime.This Saturday, the municipal police of La Teste-de-Buch got their hands on six packets of cocaine stranded on the beach of Salie, a quantity of 7.8 kilos ".
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According to information from Figaro"Friday (November 8), new discoveries have come to reinforce the mystery surrounding this case.The customs of La Rochelle have recovered nearly 36 kilos of cocaine, worth more than 3 million euros, on the beaches From Cape Breton to Vieux Boucau, their colleagues from Arcachon did the same, for a total of 73 kilos, between Lege Cap Ferret and Lacanau ".
"Given the large number of discovery points, the Inter Regional Specialized Court of Rennes was seized of the procedure on November 8 in particular to centralize the research initially conducted locally by the prosecutors of Saint-Nazaire, Bordeaux or Dax, says the the prosecutor of the Republic of Rennes this Sunday in a press release.Because of the specificities of this case, the investigation was entrusted by the parquet of Rennes to the Research Section of the Gendarmerie Maritime, the group of Gendarmerie of the region Pays de Rennes. the Loire and the Central Office for the Suppression of Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs, working together ".
At the end of the day, the Rennes prosecutor's office announced more precisely the quantities found: "To date we have recovered 763 kg of drugs, of which today 10 kg in Pornic and 12 in Arcachon.Intense monitoring was set up by the various services, including customs all along the French coast. "
A very pure dangerous drug
Each time the packages were packed with transparent cellophane and black plastic, on which were stuck labels "Diamante" or "Brillante", perhaps clues as to the quality of the drug. This is indeed what worries the police: analyzes done on the first "bread" found in Saint-Jean-de-Mons revealed that the cocaine was 83% pure. This represents a "very big health risk" for anyone who consume it as is, they warn.
The parquet floor of Rennes also alerted about the dangerousness of these packages: "Any discovery must be immediately reported to the police or gendarmerie without any manipulation of the bundle.It is absolutely forbidden to transport this type of product (it is a crime punishable by 10 years of imprisonment.) This is a very dangerous product in this form that can lead to an overdose. "
The public prosecutor of Rennes adds that it emerges from the first analyzes, "that these failed packages are actually bales containing narcotics, including cocaine with a high degree of purity (thus particularly dangerous)" .
Where does the white powder come from?
The question now is where do these drug packages come from? In early September, similar cocaine bricks were washed up in Florida, brought back by currents after Hurricane Dorian, according to NBC. According to the investigators, quoted by France Bleu Gascogne, this drug could come from the cargo of a boat smugglers fell to the sea due to bad weather and strong swells.
"Several hypotheses are possible, but we prefer at this time a load shedding following a damage or a storm," said the public prosecutor of Rennes.
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